policeman

Definitions

  • An Ocean Policeman by Day
    An Ocean Policeman by Day
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n policeman a member of a police force "it was an accident, officer"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

An Ocean Policeman by Night An Ocean Policeman by Night
Night Watchman Came in With a House Policeman 071 Night Watchman Came in With a House Policeman 071
Cyclist to rural policeman Cyclist to rural policeman
Policeman Policeman

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Detroit policeman William L. Potts is credited with inventing the modern street traffic light in 1920. He worked out an electric light system that allowed him to control three street intersections from one tower He picked the red, yellow and green because railroads used them.
    • n Policeman A member of a body of police; a constable.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Frankfort, Kentucky, makes it against the law to shoot off a policeman's tie.
    • n policeman One of the ordinary police, whose duty it usually is to patrol a certain beat for a fixed period, for the protection of property and for the arrest of offenders, and to see that the peace is kept.
    • n policeman In entomology, a soldier-ant.
    • n policeman In coal-mining, a wood or iron guard around or covering the mouth of a pit, or placed at mid-workings.
    • n policeman A kind of swab, used for cleaning vials, etc., made by slipping a piece of rubber tubing over the end of a glass rod.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Statistically speaking, the most dangerous job in the United States is that of Sanitation Worker. Firemen and Policeman are a close second and third, followed by Leather Tanners in fourth.
    • Policeman a member of a police-force
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Quotations

  • Charlie Chaplin
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    “All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty girl.”
  • Robert Frost
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    “A successful lawsuit is the one worn by a policeman.”
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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    “There is nothing more unaesthetic than a policeman.”
  • John C. White
    John C. White
    “If you don't have a policeman to stop traffic and let you walk across the street like you are somebody, how are you going to know you are somebody?”
  • Brian Moore
    Brian Moore
    “Research is usually a policeman stopping a novel from progressing.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. politia—Gr. politeia, the condition of a state—politēs, a citizen—polis, a city.

Usage

In literature:

There another policeman was sitting at a desk behind a railing.
"Clematis" by Bertha B. Cobb
The policeman squared his shoulders and hitched up his belt.
"The Blue Germ" by Martin Swayne
A fine soldier and administrator, just a policeman; a splendid man, just a missionary.
"The Rhodesian" by Gertrude Page
Then the eagle flew away, and when he was gone Policeman Bluejay also bade them good-bye.
"Policeman Bluejay" by L. Frank Baum
The gang rarely beats a policeman nowadays, and it has not killed one in a long while.
"The Battle with the Slum" by Jacob A. Riis
If a policeman catches him at it, he, or his employer, is fined.
"Home Life in Germany" by Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
Then ask a policeman.
"A Modern Cinderella" by Amanda M. Douglas
Whichever way he sat, whichever way his eyes turned, he saw this bulldog-faced policeman staring silently at him.
"The Third Degree" by Charles Klein and Arthur Hornblow
Another, in a blue uniform, was evidently the local policeman.
"Smugglers' Reef" by John Blaine
Tita couldn't make up her mind whether to buy a donkey-boy or a policeman.
"The Mexican Twins" by Lucy Fitch Perkins
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In poetry:

Policeman nothing said
(Though he had much to say on it),
But from the bad man's head
He took the cap that lay on it.
"Phrenology" by William Schwenck Gilbert
I pass'd through the lonely street,
The wind did sing and blow;
I could hear the policeman's feet
Clapping to and fro.
"The Speculators" by William Makepeace Thackeray
She ran against a resolute
Policeman standing like a wall;
She kissed his feet and asked the route
To where they held the Carnival.
"A Ballad Of A Bun" by Sir Owen Seaman
The sea was as smooth as a baby's top lip
Not even a policeman in sight
And the little sardines had got into their tins
And pulled down the lids for the night.
"The Sailor's Farewell To His Horse." by Billy Bennett
So a policeman chanced to come up at the time,
And he asked of me the cause of the shine,
Says I, he threatened to knock me down
When I challenged him for walking with my Biddy Brown.
"The Rattling Boy from Dublin" by William Topaz McGonagall
A policeman came along and saw her sweetly sleeping,
On the pavement at midnight alone.
He gently picked her up and took her to the station,
This poor little wanderer far away from home.
"Lost and Found" by Julia A Moore

In news:

Former policeman can't cope with retirement.
Becoming policeman hasn't made cousin nice guy.
An Afghan man thought to be an off-duty policeman also died in the incident.
A young man who wanted to someday be a policeman was found shot to death inside a mobile phone store where he worked in the southwest Valley.
She is the widow of a Cincinnati policeman.
Update: according to the NYT, the chief police spokesman, Paul Browne, said that the policeman used pepper spray "appropriately".
The students were all seated on the ground in a non-threatening manner, yet the policeman sprayed the 30 or so students from a foot or two away.
A Peruvian policeman stands next to marijuana plants du.
Michael McClatchy, fired Pickens policeman, reads a statement at a press conference, with attorney Chuck Allen in the Anderson office.
Garland Terry, right, presents Sgt Heather Rose with the Chief Bill Condie Policeman of the Year – Pride in Professionalism Award.
RGIII dressed as a policeman for an Adidas ad.
Trevor Fitzgerald is a full-time policeman from Ocala, Fla. Who has been a bass nut and rod perfectionist for decades.
Kudos to Officer Jeremy Laffila, Hancock policeman , for being so patient and being so kind, even taking apart one of my chairs, to help me find my hearing aid recently.
DC policeman sues over demotion that followed Charlie Sheen's high-speed police escort.
Policeman Sues Over Sheen Escort.
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In science:

Imagine that some external party, an abstract policeman is monitoring the events from his outpost based on the ground or the laboratory reference frame.
The velocity translation in the game of "Life"
The reference monitor acts as a gateway policeman to ensure that only the right users have access to the appropriate resources.
Will the Butterfly Cipher keep your Network Data secure? Developments in Computer Encryption
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